Country Goes Raffi

Country Goes Raffi

     
 
The good folks at Rounder records have assembled a remarkable cast of A-list country performers to pay tribute to the king of playschool pop -- Raffi. It's a given that Raffi's funny and heartfelt songs will connect with kids, so the big news here is that this truly happy hoedown features so many adult-friendly performances. Of course, twang-lovin' toddlers come

Overview

The good folks at Rounder records have assembled a remarkable cast of A-list country performers to pay tribute to the king of playschool pop -- Raffi. It's a given that Raffi's funny and heartfelt songs will connect with kids, so the big news here is that this truly happy hoedown features so many adult-friendly performances. Of course, twang-lovin' toddlers come first here, and a gentle romp through the Raffi anthem "Baby Beluga" by underage sensation Billy Gilman will be a surefire hit on the sandbox hit parade. But there are plenty of other gems from slightly older stars, most notably a soothing turn from the brilliant Alison Krauss on "Blessed Be," an organically rockin' "Naturally" from Marty Stuart, and, best of all, a delightful, swinging version of Raffi's "Bannaphone" by the bluegrass queen Rhonda Vincent. Raffi himself gives a fiddle-flavored effort with the new "Blue White Planet" -- a song whose environmentally aware spirit is, like the rest of this collection, hard to beat.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Long respected as a children's music singer/songwriter, Raffi's work is celebrated and interpreted by adults (and one kid) on Country Goes Raffi, a collection featuring the Wilkinsons, Rhonda Vincent, and Eric Heatherly's performances of their favorite Raffi songs. Asleep at the Wheel takes "The Bowling Song" in a mellow, Western swing direction that manages to be fun and sophisticated at the same time; Raul Malo's version of "Thanks a Lot" is equally playful, in a quietly Latin-tinged way; and Marty Stuart adds a twangy bluegrass tinge to "Naturally." The collection also features traditional children's songs that also happen to be Raffi favorites, such as "Apples and Bananas" (performed here by Keith Urban) and "This Little Light of Mine" (sung with a playful twist by Elizabeth Cook), as well as two of his new compositions: "Blessed Be," a touching lullaby sung by Alison Krauss, and the eco-friendly "Blue White Planet," performed by Raffi himself. Lee Roy Parnell's poignant "Rise and Shine" and Lari White's appropriately goofy "Shake My Sillies Out" are some of the tribute's other highlights, along with Billy Gillman's cute rendition of "Baby Beluga"; it seems apt that a country music tribute to one of children's music's leading lights features a country music star who's also young enough to be a Raffi fan. Charming and surprisingly eclectic, Country Goes Raffi should please kids and parents alike.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2001
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661809024
catalogNumber:
618090
Rank:
112533

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alison Krauss   Viola,Vocals
Marty Stuart   Vocals
Rhonda Vincent   Vocals
Asleep at the Wheel   Track Performer
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Kathy Mattea   Vocals
Lee Roy Parnell   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Anderson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jim Brock   Percussion
Raffi   Vocals
Tom Adams   Banjo
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Lari White   Vocals,Multi Instruments
Sam Bacco   Percussion
Barry Bales   Acoustic Bass
Ray Benson   Guitar,Vocals
Ron Block   Acoustic Guitar
Mickey Buckins   Percussion
Monty Byrom   Background Vocals
Cindy Cashdollar   Steel Guitar
Bill Cooley   Guitar
Michael Creber   Piano
Nick Destefano   Background Vocals
Steve Fishell   Dobro
Michael Francis   Clarinet,Saxophone
John Gardner   Drums
Sonny Garrish   Steel Guitar
Gerry Gillespie   Bass
Doyle Grisham   Steel Guitar
Miles Hill   Bass
David Hood   Bass
Byron House   Acoustic Bass
David Hungate   Bass Guitar
John Jarvis   Keyboards
Mac McAnally   Acoustic Guitar
Raul Malo   Vocals,Multi Instruments
Chris McHugh   Percussion,Drums
Kevin McKendree   Organ,Piano
Dave Miller   Bass
Greg Morrow   Drums
Billy Panda   Acoustic Guitar
James Pennebaker   Acoustic Guitar
Jason Roberts   Fiddle,Electric Guitar
Phil Robertson   Drums
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar
David Sanger   Drums
Darrell Scott   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Harry Stinson   Drums
Robby Turner   Dobro
Carson Whitsett   Piano
Lynn Williams   Drums
Terry Wilson   Background Vocals
Glenn Worf   Bass
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
W.S. Holland   Drums
Cameron Wilson   Violin
Jimmy Nichols   Keyboards
Jack Pearson   Electric Guitar
Darrin Vincent   Vocals
Chris Carmichael   Strings
Buddy Connolly   Accordion
Keith Urban   Multi Instruments
Bryan Sutton   Guitar
Wilkinsons   Vocals
Tania Hancheroff   Vocals
Eric Heatherly   Guitar,Vocals
Billy Gilman   Vocals,Background Vocals
Art Bordeaux   Overdubs
Gary "Bud" Smith   Piano
Elizabeth Cook   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Smith   Acoustic Bass
Steve Mackey   Bass

Technical Credits

Alison Krauss   Producer
Marty Stuart   Producer
Rhonda Vincent   Producer
Kathy Mattea   Producer
Lee Roy Parnell   Producer
Raffi   Composer,Producer,Adaptation
Lari White   Arranger,Programming
Abbey Lincoln   Composer
Derek Bason   Engineer
Ray Benson   Producer
Keni Burke   Engineer
Blake Chancey   Producer
Mick Conley   Engineer
Michael Creber   Producer
Steve Fishell   Producer
Ronnie Light   Engineer
Mac McAnally   Producer
Raul Malo   Producer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Mike Poole   Engineer
Ed Seay   Engineer
Chris Stone   Engineer
Jason Lehning   Engineer
King Williams   Engineer
Keith Urban   Producer
John Kuntz   Producer,Engineer
Eric Legg   Engineer
Alan Schulman   Remixing
Eric Heatherly   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Chris Scherbak   Engineer
Chris Burns   Engineer
John Hurley   Engineer

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